Prague Airport: How to get downtown

How to get from Prague Airport to the city center

How to get from Prague Airport to the city center

Detailed instructions on how to get from the airport to the center of Prague by public transport (bus + metro), cab or transfer. Routes, timetables, location of stops and fares.

Airport Václav Havel is located 17 kilometers from Prague.

There are 2 main terminals at the airport:

  • Terminal 2 – accepts flights from the European Union
  • Terminal 1 – all other flights

You can take a bus, a cab, a pre-booked transfer or a rented car to get from the airport to the center of Prague.

Below you can find detailed information about each of the ways.

Bus + metro

The cheapest way to get from the airport of Prague to the center on your own.

To do this you first need to go to the yellow or green metro line by bus, and then go down to the subway and further to the center by bus.

Bus stops

There are 2 bus stops at the airport – near terminals 1 and 2.

How to get there:

  • from terminal 1 (flights from Russia) – exits D, E, F
  • from Terminal 2 (flights from Europe) – exits C, D, and E.

It is difficult to get lost at the airport in Prague – just follow the signs with a bus icon. If you’re worried, you can study the scheme of bus stops at the airport. Alternatively, a more detailed map, but in Czech.

Map of bus stops:

Bus stops at Prague Airport (map)

A diagram of bus stops at Prague Airport

Routes to city center

There are 3 daytime bus routes, and 1 night bus route. The interval of movement is 5-30 minutes, depending on the time of day and arriving flights.

In the table there are not all stops, but only those that are close to the metro stations and convenient for tourists. If you want to explore the route and timetable of a particular bus route in more detail, look at the official transport website of Prague.

By 2022, the authorities plan to extend the metro line to the airport.

Bus at Prague Airport

Photo: Bus #119 at the stop at Prague Airport

Airport Express (AE) buses

Airport Express shuttles run between the airport and Prague’s main train station (Praha Hlavni Nadraží). Next to the station there is the same name metro station (red line C).

Airport Express buses do not have a separate number, they just have AE written on them. There is no intermediate stations en route.

The journey time is from 05:30 to 21:00. You can buy tickets only from the bus driver.

The cost of the ticket:

  • for adults – 60 CZK
  • for children 6-15 years old – 30 CZK
  • for children under 6 years of age – free of charge
  • transport of luggage – free of charge

Journey time to the railway station – 46 minutes Traffic interval – 15-30 minutes. The exact timetable is here.

Scheme of bus routes from Prague airport to the city center + connection with other public transport lines:

How to buy a ticket

Prague has a unified system of public transport:

  • A purchased ticket is valid on any transport (subway, buses, etc.)
  • the ticket is valid for a certain period of time (from 30-90 minutes to several days)
  • the ticket costs from 24 CZK (for 30 minutes); to get to the center it is better to get a ticket for 32 CZK for 90 minutes – that’s enough time if you are not going to the distant districts of Prague
  • when you enter the transport with a new ticket, you must stamp it in the machine, otherwise it will be considered invalid
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Read about all the nuances in the article about Prague public transport.

Transport tickets in Prague are sold in the local currency – kroons. It is not possible to buy them with dollars and euros, so first find an exchange office at the airport or withdraw cash from ATMs.

Read our article about Vaclav Havel Airport, it says more about the exchangers.

Where to buy tickets:

  • at the red information counters I Public Transport inside the terminal (open from 7:00 to 21:00); there you can buy tickets and get advice on other things
  • at ticket vending machines at the bus stop (only accepts coins).

For information on how to use the machines, fare rules and prices, see the transport article.

Please note: Airport Express buses are not part of the common transport system in Prague, so tickets for them must be purchased separately (from the driver).

Ticket machine for Prague

Photo: transport ticket machine © pid.cz

Cab

An alternative to public transport is to take a cab at the exit of the Ruzyně Airport terminal.

The most popular companies in the Czech Republic are:

  • AAA Radiotaxi
  • Citytaxi Praha
  • Nejlevnější taxi
  • Profi Taxi
  • Radiocab taxi
  • Taxi Terminal

AAA Radiotaxi and Radiocab Taxi have their own bright yellow taxi stands at the airport building. You can order a cab from other companies by phone (if you have a Czech sim-card) or online through the official website.

How much does a cab from Prague Airport cost? Standard price: 40 CZK for getting in the car + 28 CZK per every kilometer. A trip from the airport to the city center costs 500-700 CZK (20-27 Euros).

More information on: Taxis in Prague

Prague Airport Taxi

Cabs at the Prague Airport exit © Maisarah H / flickr.com

Group transfers

CEDAZ shuttles

The CEDAZ shuttles, which can accommodate up to 20 people, operate from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

They leave from the airport every 30 minutes, but it may happen that the departure is delayed to get the necessary number of passengers.

In Prague, the shuttles arrive at the V Celnici stop near the center. Nearby is metro station Náměstí Republiky (yellow line B).

Journey time – 30-40 minutes.

  • the fare is 150 CZK
  • children up to 6 years of age are free of charge
  • you can transport standard-sized luggage free of charge

You can buy tickets for shuttles at the information desk at Ruzyně Airport or from the driver.

Prague Airport Transfers minibuses

An alternative to the CEDAZ shuttles are Prague Airport Transfers minibuses.

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They go to 40 Národní Street in Prague, near Wenceslas Square and Mustek metro station on the yellow (B) and green (A) line.

  • ticket price – 140 CZK
  • children up to 6 years of age ride free of charge
  • operating hours – around the clock
  • passengers are allowed to carry up to 2 pieces of standard luggage

Departure of the minibus is linked to the arrival time of one or another flight to Prague, and the group for the transfer is formed beforehand. Therefore it is necessary to book online in advance.

You can book the trip on the official website – www.prague-airport-transfers.co.uk. The payment can be made online or by cash to the driver upon arrival.

Individual transfer

The most convenient way to go from the airport directly to the hotel is to book an individual transfer. The driver will meet you with a sign in the arrival hall, help you with your things and take you to the hotel doors.

It is worth choosing a transfer if you

  • are flying with children (comfortably + provided child seats)
  • traveling with lots of luggage
  • do not know English / Czech and are afraid of getting lost in Prague (the driver will know the route in advance + if possible provide a Russian-speaking driver)
  • you are arriving at night and don’t want to walk from bus stop to hotel
  • just value speed and comfort

You can book a transfer at the Kiwitaxi website. We booked our own transfers and every time they have been great.

The cost of transfer from the airport in Prague – from 23 euros for a car for 3-4 people. If you share the car with two people it’s less then 12 € per person, if four people it’s about 6 €. You can pay in advance or in cash to the driver after the trip.

The transfer time to the hotel is about 50 minutes.

Rent a car

If you are going to travel around the Czech Republic in a rented car, it is convenient to rent one at the Prague airport and get to the city by yourself.

  • You are older than 21 years old (they make exceptions for clients older than 19 years but very seldom and unwillingly)
  • driving license, issued not less than one year ago

In 90 % of the cases the Russian license is enough, but some companies require an international driving license.

How to rent a car at the airport:

  1. Find the office of one of the rental companies (Europcar, Hertz, RentPlus, SIXT, etc.) in the terminal
  2. Look through the catalog and choose a suitable vehicle
  3. Agree on the details: rental terms (several hours or daily), make, navigation device, child safety seat, place and time of car pick-up, return policy
  4. Pay the rental fee
  5. Receive the car and go.

Some firms give their clients a “weekend discount” if the car is rented from Friday to Monday. This is an optional, but frequent and pleasant bonus.

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Advice: it is better to book a car in advance online, and upon arrival just get the keys at the airport. So you do not have to stand in line, and the necessary model is sure to be available. It is convenient to compare prices from different companies and book a car through aggregators such as Myrentacar.

How to travel at night?

You can get from the airport to the center of Prague at night or take a night bus №910, or with the help of a transfer.

Transfer

The price for a night transfer does not change depending on the time of the day – you can get to the hotel for 23 Euros. You can book a transfer here.

Bus #910

Night bus 910 runs from 23:50 to 03:54. The departure time may vary slightly depending on the day of the week and public holidays. The interval of movement is about 30 minutes.

The exact schedule and a list of all stops can be viewed on the official website (enter the 910 route number into the form).

The bus passes some subway stations:

  • green line A: Petřiny
  • red line C: Pražského povstání, Pankrác, Budějovická, I.P. Pavlova, Kačerov

The last stop is Na Beranku in the southeast of Prague. At many stops you can transfer to other night buses and streetcars – there are plenty of them in Prague.

The whole bus route can be seen on the map here (enter number 910 into the form).

A single ticket for all public transport in Prague can be bought from the yellow vending machines at the stops. The information counters at the airport, where you can buy tickets during the day, are only open until 21:00.

It is useful: the night transport schemes in Prague:

One last tip: Before your trip print the name and address of your hotel on a sheet of paper in Czech – in case of emergency (getting off at the wrong stop, getting lost), it will be easier to explain to others where you need to get and get help from them.

Prague Airport: How to get downtown

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All ways to get from Prague airport to the city center: how to get by bus, shuttle, cab. Bonus: how to get into the city if you have flown in at night.

Prague has an excellent transportation system, so it is easy to get from Prague airport to the city center – this is not Tivat airport, where, except for a cab or a transit bus, which you have to catch on the highway, you can’t get away. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at how to get to Prague from the airport and consider all the available ways. But first let’s say a few words about the airport itself.

Vaclav Havel International Airport is located in Prague 6, in the suburbs of Ruzyně, at a distance of about 20 kilometers from the center of the city. Czech Airlines is based here – its office can be found directly in the building. Prague airport has four terminals: terminal 1 receives and sends flights from the countries outside the Schengen area, terminal 2 is designed for flights from the Schengen countries, terminal 3 is for private and charter flights, and terminal 4 is exclusively for VIP flights and official visits.

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Contents:

How to get from Prague airport to the city center

You can get from the airport to Prague in the following ways

  • public transport;
  • Airport Express (AE) buses;
  • CEDAZ shuttles;
  • Prague Airport Transfers minibuses;
  • cabs.

Let’s consider all ways in detail.

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Bus from Prague Airport to the city

There are several bus routes from Prague Airport, they go to the subway, which you can take directly to the city center:

  • No. 119 – to Nádraží Veleslavín (subway line A), travel time about 13-17 minutes.
  • No. 100 to Zličín (subway line B), journey time is about 15-20 minutes.

Bus stops are located at Terminals 1 and 2 in front of the arrivals hall. Transportation tickets cost from 24 CZK (for 30 minutes), depending on the place of purchase (e.g., from the driver more expensive). Children under 6 years of age can travel for free.

You can buy tickets at the urban public transport (MHD) counters in the arrivals hall, from vending machines at bus stops and directly from the driver. At the airport you can also buy a travel card – see here for prices. Do not forget to stamp your ticket when boarding the bus.

How to get from the Prague airport to the city center at night?

Please note that the last bus leaves at 23:36 (№100) and 23:45 (№119), so if you arrive later, you’ll have to either take a night bus or streetcar to Prague, as the metro doesn’t work at night, or take a cab. The night route 510 leaves from Terminal 1 and goes to Na Beránku. If you want to go downtown, get off at the Divoká Šárka stop and take night streetcar 51. The last bus leaves at 3:56.

To check the bus schedule, go to this website, enter the route numbers and the date of interest.

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Airport Express (AE) buses to the city center

You can easily get from Prague Airport to the city center by Airport Express buses (you can get there by the abbreviation AE on the board), that connect the airport with the main railway station of Prague – Praha hl. nádraží (subway line C and connections with trains SC, EC, IC and EN). Travel time is from 30 to 50 minutes.

The bus stop is located at Terminals 1 and 2, marked AE. Buses run every 30 minutes, the last one leaves at 22:35. You can buy tickets from the driver, on the website www.cd.cz, at ticket vending machines and at the Czech Railways ticket offices.

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CEDAZ Shuttles

A more expensive way to get to the city is a shuttle from the airport. The ticket costs 150 CZK one-way. The minibus will take you to the V Celnici stop in the center of Prague. Shuttles run daily from 7:30 am to 7 pm every 30 minutes. Children up to 6 years old can ride for free. Departure from Terminal 1 and 2, tickets can be purchased either from the driver or at the information desk in the arrivals hall.

Prague Airport Transfers minibuses

You can get from Prague Airport to the city center by ordering Prague Airport Transfers on their official website www.prague-airport-transfers.co.uk. The fare is 140 CZK. You can pay either online or in person to the driver – the main thing is to order the transfer in advance. The final stop is at Národní 40 (near Mustek Metro Station).

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Cab in Prague from the airport

If you prefer comfort and save time, we recommend ordering an airport transfer from Prague to the city through Kiwi Taxi, where you will be met at the airport and taken wherever you wish. Also at the arrival terminal there are offices of companies where you can order a cab – Radiocab taxi and AAA RADIOTAXI. Prices for cabs are about the following: the starting price is 40 CZK, the price per 1 km is 28 CZK.

Prague Airport – Karlovy Vary: How to get there

If you need to get from Prague Airport to Karlovy Vary, we recommend you to take a comfortable bus of the company Student Agency. The price of the ticket starts at 80 CZK. You can buy tickets from the driver or in the arrival hall of Terminal 1. Bus stops are under the overpass at the parking lot C, at Terminal 1.

A more comfortable way is to book a transfer. It is safe and reliable. This option is advantageous if you are traveling in a group or as a family.

We have more detailed material on how to get from Prague to Karlovy Vary.

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Rent a car at the Prague Airport

Renting a car at the airport of Prague is also easy and simple – you will find many rental companies in the terminals: RentPlus, SIXT, Hertz, Europcar, etc. But it is more profitable and convenient to book a car in advance online at the popular service Localrent.com. Find out all nuances of car rental abroad.

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